Merced authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped from a correctional facility early Wednesday morning using a whole inside a bathroom ceiling in the building.
Adrian Hicks, 39 of Merced was arrested on December 13th on a warrant by Merced Police Department for possession of stolen property, grand theft, both with priors and felony evading a peace officer. He was being held without bail at the John Latorraca Correctional Facility
After a head count after 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, correctional officers discovered blankets on the fence behind one of the dorms. Another head count was conducted and it was discovered that Hicks had gotten out through a hole in the bathroom ceiling sometime after the morning head count.
A county wide alert was sent to allied agencies, deputies, and a search is being conducted for the suspect at this time.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Merced County Sheriff’s Office at 209-385-7445.